Molnupiravir No quick fixes; Shortage tests; ‘Hair Popping’, ‘Dry Scooping’
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Merck’s oral antiviral drug, molnupiravir, may not be very effective against moderate COVID disease. (Reuters)
Moderna continues to resist pressure from the White House to increase production of COVID-19 vaccines for international donations. (Politics)
COVID testing is increasingly difficult to find amid changing federal testing guidelines and increased testing in schools. (ABC News)
“Long COVID” now has an official World Health Organization clinical case definition – fatigue, shortness of breath and brain fog are prominent. (Gizmodo)
At 8:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the United States reached 44,160,455 cases and 710,185 deaths, an increase of 100,099 and 2,388, respectively, since this time a day ago .
Denmark has clarified that it still offers Moderna’s COVID vaccine to people under the age of 18. (Reuters)
The FDA has warned 20 e-cigarette manufacturers against marketing their products after the agency denied approval.
A prominent candidate for the post of FDA commissioner would apparently have no interest in the post. (End points)
At some clinics in Texas, abortions have resumed beyond the 6-week mark after a federal judge suspended the state’s new law. (the Wall Street newspaper)
Russian-speaking hackers are stepping up cyber attacks against hospitals, according to a new report. (The hill)
A Massachusetts woman was sentenced to 2 years in prison for illegal silicone injections for facial and buttock augmentation. (PA)
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow revealed that she had undergone minor surgery to remove skin cancer. (NBC News)
Hair and skin experts warn of “hair popping,” which has gone viral on social media platform TikTok. (News week)
Artificially sweetened drinks can disrupt the body’s normal metabolic processes and cause cravings and overeating, especially in women and obese people. (NPR)
A North Carolina school board voted to make face masks optional even though 430 students in the district have been quarantined due to COVID exposures. (ABC News)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed for $ 8 billion to support a plan to immunize at least 40% of people in all countries against COVID-19 by the end of the year , 70% by the end of 2022. (Reuters)
The FDA has banned the neurotoxic chemical lead acetate from consumer hair dyes. (Environmental working group)
Surgeons had to remove a 4-inch piece of cement from a man’s heart after a failed spinal compression kyphoplasty procedure. (News week)
Eighteen former NBA players have been indicted in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud the league’s health insurance plan by submitting bogus claims for medical and dental expenses. (PA)
Health officials have warned of a practice known as “dry” protein powders to get an energy boost before a workout. (BBC New)
A website that solicits personal stories and commentary on COVID deaths among unvaccinated people has raised questions about the pandemic’s effect on empathy. (Washington post)